AIF with the support of Rural India Supporting Trust (RIST) is currently implementing Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative (MANSI) in six blocks of Uttarkashi, Haridwar and Pithoragarh districts of Uttarakhand, covering a population of approximately 666,000 (2011 Census) poor and vulnerable people. The duration of the project is for five years till 30th Sept 2020.
The MANSI program is committed to empower ASHA workers with the knowledge and skills to provide effective home-based care services and to strengthen community-based systems to promote maternal and child health. This project is a combination of proven interventions, creatively amalgamated to address the specific barriers to newborn child health and is aimed to facilitate Government efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of reducing the Maternal, Neonatal and Child mortality rates.
The State Health authorities at Haridwar have been highly appreciative of the MANSI project, and have requested AIF to scale up MANSI across Haridwar covering all six blocks across Haridwar instead of the current two blocks.
Based on the pass successes, RIST and AIF are considering to come together to scale the impact through MANSI 2.0 which is as an integrated approach involving both the Public and the Not for profit Sector and is envisaged to be rolled out as a holistic program seeking to reduce preventable newborn mortality and improve health outcomes in pregnant women, adolescent girls and young children across the entire Haridwar district thus addressing the aspirational goals of the Government. RIST is currently reviewing this proposal and it is under consideration.
• MANSI has also won numerous awards including the Best Public Health Initiative award, India Health and Wellness Summit (2018-19) for MANSI.
• ASHA workers from Bhagwanpur and Narsan, Haridwar have been awarded with Healers of India award by Network 18 & Apollo Group of Hospitals for their continuous efforts in bringing maternal and child health care services in project villages of Haridwar.
• A booklet titled “Woh Nanhi Muskan” highlighting success stories of ASHA workers trained by the MANSI team from Bhagwanpur and Narsan blocks of district Haridwar was released by the Government of Uttarakhand on the occasion of the State ASHA Sammelan ceremony at Haridwar.
• In acknowledgment of little lives saved by the MANSI program, a few pictures of babies named Mansi from Uttarakhand are as below